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Cisco Networking Innovation Forum. Virtual Event.

Future of Networking: Virtual Event

Watch our 3-hour event of executive and live demo sessions to get all the latest innovations, trends and solutions from Cisco and Cisco Meraki. The IT Executive track will explore the trends and opportunities, and the Demo track will showcase the latest innovations across Access and WAN networking, including:

  • The benefits of a SASE architecture
  • End-to-end network visibility with Cisco and ThousandEyes
  • How to leverage the network as part of your safe return to the workplace strategy

Opening Keynote: The future of networks

After a year where people of all ages have seen their work and personal lives significantly disrupted, it's clear that we are now living in a transformed environment. What can be done digitally, should now be done digitally. What does this mean for all of us? How do we embrace digital to create new ways of working, innovate and a build a better customer experience? 

Gordon Thomson

VP EMEAR Architectures & Specialists Sales

IT Executive Track

Hear directly from Cisco experts as they discuss about key market trends and new solutions. Get insights on the state of the industry, and the unique opportunities ahead for IT professionals

How to bridge the gap between business and IT with your network

Hugo Padilla, Director, EMEAR Sales, Enterprise Networking

The journey to SASE: Bring networking and security closer together

Stefano Testa, Director, EMEAR Sales SD-WAN

How AIOps is changing networks 

Antonella Pagano, Apps & Network Services
EMEAR Specialist

Smart buildings. The network as the 4th utility

Sam Wood, Head of Business Development, Digitisation and Connected Communities

Accelerate your multicloud strategy with SD-WAN

Geraldine Dury, EMEAR GTM SD-WAN lead

Solving the Cloud & Internet Visibility Challenge with ThousandEyes

Tony Finn, Head of EMEA Sales, Cisco ThousandEyes

5 things to know about Wi-Fi 6 and 5G

Steven Heinsius, Regional Sales Manager

Live Demo Track

Watch Cisco networking solutions in action in a demo with live Q&A. See the most common use cases for enterprise networking. Get your questions answered by our experts.

Network as code

Octavian Preda, Technical Solutions Architect

Have you ever lost track of an implementation or operation? CX Cloud changes everything!

Alistair Wildman, SVP & GM, Customer Experience

Have you ever lost track of an implementation or operation? CX Cloud changes everything!

Markus Harbeck, Principal Architect, Customer Experience

The power of SASE: Extend governance beyond the perimeter

Michael Keohane, Principal Engineer

The power of SASE: Extend governance beyond the perimeter

Ed NovaK, Technical Marketing Engineer

Accelerate remediation with AI Network Analytics

Maren Kostede, Technical Solutions Architect

Maintain Essential Business Continuity and Safety with Location Services

John Monaghan, Technical Solutions Architect

Simplify and optimise multicloud adoption with SD-WAN

Octavian Preda, Technical Solutions Architect

How ThousandEyes Delivers End-to-end Network Visibility

Neil Miller, Leader, Technical Solutions Architects


Gordon Thomson

Gordon Thomson leads the EMEAR Architecture and Specialists Sales organisation. His greatest passion is engaging closely with customers, partners and sales teams, and demonstrating how technology can navigate all of the new challenges and opportunities ahead.

A 23-year Cisco veteran, he develops and implements innovative go-to-market models that accelerate the shift to software selling and digital transformation, while building strong teams and followership. By combining his technological expertise and customer-first mindset, Thomson has achieved unrivaled success in designing sales strategies for the new software and cloud-centered markets.

Hugo Padilla

Hugo Padilla Prad leads the EMEAR Enterprise Networking organisation. His team drives the sales motions for transforming the customer experience through Cisco’s core portfolio, which represents 40 percent of Cisco’s total product revenue. Hugo and his team work closely with customers and partners, leading them through major market transitions to ensure their businesses thrive and grow. With more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry in a variety of Global and EMEAR roles, Hugo has spent the last 16 years supporting business embrace technology and undergo successful digital transformations under the most demanding environments. He is an Emeritus R&S CCIE and collaborates with Public Universities in areas like Digitisation, Intent Based Networking, Wifi6 or SASE.

Stefano Testa

Stefano is responsible for Cisco’s SD-WAN business in EMEAR. He leads an international team of Sales Specialists and Architects, delivering business growth and transformation in all verticals, including Enterprise, Public Sector and Service Providers.

During his IT career of over 20 years, he has held positions in engineering, product management, business development and international sales, with a focus on innovation in Software Defined, Cloud and Application Delivery.

Stefano holds a master in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Torino and Ecole Centrale Paris, and an Executive MBA from IESE business school in Barcelona.

Geraldine Dury

Geraldine Dury has 20 years experience in the IT industry and Business Development roles, currently driving EMEAR Go-To-Market sales for Routing and SD-WAN. Geraldine focuses on customer technology adoption and transforming businesses – positively impacting the way we work and collaborate.

Tony Finn

Tony Finn is the Head of EMEA Sales for Cisco ThousandEyes, helping organizations gain the visibility they need to adopt cloud, Internet and software-defined architectures with confidence. Prior to joining ThousandEyes Antony held senior leadership roles at a number of technology and communications companies including Vodafone and Verizon, with a focus on changing business models and the emergence of the digital workplace. Based in the UK Antony’s interests include well-being, fitness, art, music and writing.

Steven Heinsius

Regional Sales Manager, Global Solution Specialist & Wi-Fi enthusiast. Steven is a well-known speaker at events and seminars. He was awarded with the distinguished speaker award seven times at Cisco Live. He wrote a training course and a book on Presentation Skills and has filed a Patent on Innovations in the Education Market. His presentations are active, engaging with a good sense of humour.

Alistair Wildman

Alistair Wildman leads Cisco’s Customer Experience (CX) EMEAR organisation, which includes responsibility for 6,000 employees, 120,000 customers, 12,000 partners. It includes professional and support services, customer success and renewals teams who, alongside ecosystem partners, deliver business solutions throughout a customer lifecycle by advocating for increased time-to-value and high return on technology investment.

With over 20 years of IT and software experience, Alistair’s career spans executive positions at technology stalwarts such as VMware, Salesforce and Microsoft where he held the positions of EMEA General Manager, End User Computing; SVP, Customer for Life International Markets (EMEA, Asia and Japan); General Manager, Global Practices, Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS), respectively.

He is an Information Technology graduate of Leeds Beckett University in the UK.

Alistair is an active advocate for diversity and equality in the workplace and is the Executive sponsor for the Cisco apprenticeship and graduate programmes. Alistair is also Cisco executive sponsor for Nestlé as well as co-sponsor for British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and Unilever.

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